Easy Toddler Friendly Chocolate Zucchini Easter Muffins
Happy Easter Bohemian Bright Family!
Baking is not my thing, like at all, but in the spirit of Easter and as a former teacher and a Mama, I know the importance of getting my toddler involved in the kitchen. So whenever I get a spare minute (ok that doesn't happen) I make time to do something fun with Arlo in the kitchen.
I am prepared for the beautiful mess he makes EVERY TIME but we both love that he gets to help and so many beautiful memories are made. Tick to an easy activity where he learns so much through time spent together in play...and it is always an added bonus if we get a yummy masterpiece at the end! 😂
Let's not get me started on all of the sensory, language and age appropriate developmental skills he is learning here, and of course time spent together in pure joy which is just amazing for 10000000000 reasons.
As a time poor mum, I love to have tried and tested recipes that I can just quickly go to, where I have everything in the pantry and it's super easy to do with him....
Luckily, we have Arlo's Nonna, you can find the link to a little story of how these muffins came about and all of her other gorgeous recipes in the link below, but to say that 'Noni' has perfected a delicious 'chocolate' muffin with hidden veg!!! YES YES YES! We love you Noni!!
I hope you love making and eating these as much as we did, BB Family. Share your happy baking moments with us on socials or in the comments below..
Chocolate (Zucchini) Dream Muffins
You will need:
250g Zucchini (2-3)
2 eggs ( I found I needed 3 but my self raising was wholemeal!)
125ml vegetable oil
1 Cup caster sugar
1.4 Cups self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
60g milk or dark chocolate drops
How to make your muffins
1. Set the oven to 180°c/350°f/gas mark 4.
2. Separate the paper cases and put one in each whole of the muffin tins.
3. Wash and dry the zucchinis, using a knife cut both ends off the zucchini Leave the skin on, chop them finely using one of those chopper units which are great fun and get the job done quickly. Or finely grate them.
Put them into a sieve and leave them to drain over the sink to remove excess water.
4. Put the eggs, oil and sugar into the bowl and beat them until creamy.
5. Sieve in the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and continue to beat until well mixed.
6. Now stir in the zucchini and add the chocolate drops.
7. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
8. Bake for 20-30 mins until firm to the touch and smelling yummy.
9. Leave to cool in the tins for 5 mins before turning onto a wire tray.
Drizzle with melted chocolate and top with strawberries that have been half dipped in white melted chocolate.
Happy cooking & memory making!
All of our love,
Dani, Arlo & Noni. xo
Find Nonna's story and other recipes Here.
P.S. If you are new to getting your child in the kitchen, you can start small every day with things like egg cracking while you are making anything with eggs, giving them a toddler knife and letting them butter their toast or simply allowing them to add any ingredients into a bowl etc. Anything where they can help you pour or simply giving them the scrubber to help clean the dishes. Best memories made & they just learn so much! xx
Find Arlo's knit set that he is wearing here , knit set-milkshake